It’s been three Wednesdays since my last What’s Blooming Wednesday, and no one seemed to notice. Hmmmm.
Many of the same things I showed in WBW #3 are still blooming, like this Clematis Roguchi. It is heavy with blooms this week, so much that I added a couple of ties to hold it to the trellis.
I wanted to show you only new blooms, so I quietly skipped by those two Wednesdays. And, I waited for the next burst of blooms from plants we’ve not discussed before. Like my favorite Day lily.
And this Nikko Hydrangea. I brought a small cutting from the Georgia yard, and now it’s huge. The blooms were a beautiful, vibrant blue in Georgia acidic soil, but in our alkaline soil, the blooms have been pink most years.
Some years, it has looked like a confused bush, with pink, purple, and blue blooms, and sometimes variations within the same bloom. This year, it’s more blue than usual. I vaguely remember putting sulfur around it this winter when I was fertilizing an acid-loving plant nearby.
Here’s a peek at two more of the same type of hydrangea that are just beginning to bloom. They are pink, since I purposely keep acid away from them..
I hope it doesn’t get too hot. Sometimes they get stressed out and droopy when it’s really hot.
You know this one, the beautiful Magnolia blossom.
On the front porch, I added an aged ladder. For the last two years, it’s been a trellis behind the garage, holding first a climbing rose (that was never happy), and then a hyacinth bean vine. But, with all of our wind (and in spite of being staked to the ground), the ladder kept getting blown over, taking with it whatever was growing on it.
You could say this is plan B for the ladder.
It’s safer here on the porch, loaded with plants to hold it down, in a corner away from most wind.
Lastly, the melon-colored Miss Oklahoma Canna is very hardy. I do little to help these along, and they’re so happy to bloom (and spread!) every year.
These tend to take over, y’all, so buyer beware. I bought two $5 clearance plants at Lowe’s six years ago. I had no idea how fast they multiply, but it was nice to have the color and summer foliage during the early years of planting greenery and flowers around this then-sparse house. I’ve had canna all over the yard, adding a new spot when dividing them each year. Many canna plants have been hauled to the tree line (along with the heirloom white iris), and I still had plenty for the yard.
Last year, I ran out of places to put them and was getting a little tired of them, so several entire patches went to the tree line, leaving this one spot with plenty of room to grow in a new large flower bed.
Here’s a gardening tip: locate your prolific plants where you have sub-fertile soil, where other plants struggle. Save the spots with the best soil for your more needy plants and flowers.
Don’t you love flowers? They can really make you happy. I guess that’s why I love to dig. Happy digging, y’all.
Happy What’s Blooming Wednesday.
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I’m joining several of these parties this week:
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style
WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY at Sew Much Ado
BEST DIY PROJECTS at The 36th Avenue
WHATEVER GOES WEDNESDAY at Someday Crafts
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House
FIDLIN’ FRIDAYS at Fidlers Under One Roof
PARTY JUNK LINK PARTY at Funky Junk